Sunday 18 August 2019

Ariel Winter reveals the cruel comments she got at 13 over her changing body: 'I was called a fat hooker'

Ariel Winter in 2011, left, and in 2017, right
Ariel Winter in 2011, left, and in 2017, right
(L-R) Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland and Julie Bowen of 'Modern Family' pose in the press room after winning Outstanding Comedy Series during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Ariel Winter attends the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the Disney ABC Television Group's "TCA 2001 Summer Press Tour" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Actress Ariel Winter attends the Samsung Infuse 4G launch event featuring Nicki Minaj at Milk Studios on May 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Actress Ariel Winter arrives to the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Ariel Winter attends the Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Cars 2" at the El Capitan Theatre on June 18, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actor Ariel Winter attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Ariel Winter attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Ariel Winter attends the 2017 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower on September 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
Ariel Winter attends the Entertainment Weekly 2017 pre-Emmy party at the Sunset Tower hotel in West Hollywood, on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMAS
Actress Ariel Winter attends Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation World Premiere of "Smurfs: The Lost Village" at Arclight Culver City, on April 1, 2017, in Culver City, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON
Actor Ariel Winter attends the "Dog Years" Premiere during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea on April 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Actress Ariel Winter attends Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation World Premiere of "Smurfs: The Lost Village" at Arclight Culver City, on April 1, 2017, in Culver City, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON
Actress Ariel Winter attends Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation World Premiere of "Smurfs: The Lost Village" at Arclight Culver City, on April 1, 2017, in Culver City, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON
Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Ariel Winter speaks during the First Annual Cartoon Network's "Hall of Game" award show at the Barker Hanger on February 21, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actress Ariel Winter arrives to the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Actress Ariel Winter says her journey to body confident hasn't been an easy one, especially growing up in the public.

Winter shot to fame in 2009 when she was just 11 years old playing Alex Dunphy on the hit US show Modern Family and changing body was often commented on, which she began to take to heart.

Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

When she was first starting out, she said she was "ridiculed" for being "completely flat before developing curves at 12, which prompted a barrage of insults, which still follow her. Notably, in 2015, she underwent breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of her 32-F chest.

"I started trying to dress for my body and was called a slut or a fat hooker. It got even worse as I was turning 13, 14, 15. It really took so much of my self- esteem," she explained to Us Magazine.

Her sense of style might be daring, but the 19-year-old star has grown to brush off the trolls for her risqué ensembles on the red carpet and on social media.

"It was really disappointing that people would hate me so much for dressing how I wanted to. It’s difficult to not write something sassy, but I feel better when I write something positive. Maybe they’ll not write something hurtful next time.

Actor Ariel Winter attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Ariel Winter attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

"It makes you feel better about yourself."

While she still struggles with insecurity, she does her best to boost her confidence through self-help mantras or reminding herself of compliments from her 30-year-old boyfriend Levi Meaden.

Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the Disney ABC Television Group's
Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the Disney ABC Television Group's "TCA 2001 Summer Press Tour" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

"I still get insecure all the time," she said. "The only person that matters is yourself. If you're happy, if you’re confident, that’s all that matters."

Her estranged mother Crystal, whom Ariel took to court when she was 14 citing physical and emotional abuse, has recently spoken about her daughter's choice of clothing, which prompted a scathing response.

"I just want to see her have respect for herself and have some class. That one in particular, where her leg is raised and she’s holding a martini glass, I saw it and all I could do was cry and feel bad for her," Crystal told Inside Edition.

"(In my opinion) Ariel is starving for attention. I feel that this is a cry for help from my child."

Ariel Winter attends the Entertainment Weekly 2017 pre-Emmy party at the Sunset Tower hotel in West Hollywood, on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMAS
Ariel Winter attends the Entertainment Weekly 2017 pre-Emmy party at the Sunset Tower hotel in West Hollywood, on September 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMAS

Crystal's interview came after Ariel gave an interview to the Hollywood Reporter in which she accused her mother of "sexualising" her by dressing her in overtly revealing looks. Her admission led to backlash from some fans, who said she couldn't blame her mum for continuing to look like a "whore", to which Ariel responded with another Instagram post on Monday night.

"I was a CHILD being dressed like I was 24. I was 8-13 years old," she stated. "I wasn't an ADULT as I am now. As you mature at 16, 17, 18 you further develop your own identity and can make decisions for yourself. As a child, you do as you're told regardless of what is good for you.

"I'm an ADULT now, who can make my own choices and have my own identity. And just because I DECIDE to show my body occasionally doesn't mean I'm unintelligent or that I'm talentless or that I have no self respect."

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